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Competition begins at SkillsUSA’s annual spring conference

Competition begins at SkillsUSA’s annual spring conference

The Arkansas SkillsUSA Spring Conference kicked off Tuesday with students competing in various competitions for different business skills.

About 1,200 to 1,500 have attended the first in-person competitions since 2019, said Keith McKnight, director of SkillsUSA in Arkansas.

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“Some of our competitions were welding and carpentry,” he said. “We did some off-site competitions at UA Pulaski Tech and other facilities. We had about 1,200 to 1,500 people — competitors, consultants, and observers.”

“Every competition we have our own national standards that we go through and we use those national standards to get students in Arkansas ready to go nationals and this year in Atlanta, GA,” he said, adding that the students who received the gold medal are the ones sent to compete at the national level.

The two-day conference is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Professional Education and takes place at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

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A student competes in construction work Tuesday during the SkillsUSA Spring Conference at the Bank OZK Arena. – Photo by Donald Cross from The Sentinel-Record
Photo Students gather around a diesel-powered truck at the Hot Springs Convention Center during the US Spring Skills Conference. – Photo by Donald Cross from The Sentinel-Record
Photo Students operate heavy equipment in a virtual reality simulator. – Photo by Donald Cross from The Sentinel-Record
Photo Students gather around a virtual reality simulator during the SkillsUSA Spring Conference. – Photo by Donald Cross from The Sentinel-Record
Photo A student uses a virtual reality headset to simulate work on a utility pole during the SkillsUSA Spring Conference Tuesday. – Photo by Donald Cross from The Sentinel-Record

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